Small Sparks

Watch here for more SMALL SPARKS!

Small Sparks is a creative programming initiative aimed at inspiring a broad range of people in the TvO community to participate in informal activities that build on a pleasure, passion or interest of theirs to bring people together. We began Small Sparks in 2020 while thinking about careful physical distancing without social distancing. On the contrary, we sought to build community as much as possible and avoid isolation, even as we remained careful about safety.

Do you have a Small Sparks idea?
If you have questions or the kernel of an idea of some way you might be able to create a Small Spark at TvO out of one of your pleasures, passions or interests, please contact

Past Small Sparks:

“A Single Step” Lara and Dalia welcomed families with b’nai mitzvah aged kids to join them for a walk in the Dryden/Ithaca area, sharing stories of journeys they have taken. 

Savoring Marge Piercy, with Martha Armstrong  Spending some time reading and writing poetry together. 

“Kosher Pixelswith Chris Xenakis Sharing photos and photography interests

Jew-bilation with Jeff Bercuvitz  Sharing stories of Jewish experiences that really inspired you in some way. 

Torah Tuesdays with Carol Shama Looking at the Torah text in English and different commentaries, and then sharing our own reflections on the text.  

Apple Spirits and Awakened Hearts with Tony Gaenslen and Fran Markover
Tony and Fran reading from their recently published works: The Miracle of an Awakened Heart and Grandfather’s Mandolin

“Write On!” with Annie Wexler Get together to write and share and have fun. Learn how to silence the “inner critic“ so our thoughts can flow without self judgment. 

Stories That Zoom Led by Bruce McKee and Jonathan (JP) Plotkin 

 “Out There” with Martha Armstrong, Shane, and Jeff Bercuvitz, Sharing our visions for TvO’s space, especially our 4 acres of land.

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